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What Chilli Varieties Are Your Growing? [Reader Survey]

We’ve been receiving lots of emails from readers lately asking all sorts of questions about the chillies they are growing. What has struck me is the vast variety of chillies that everyone is growing. I thought it would be interesting to conduct a little survey of our readers to try and establish what the most popular varieties are.

Chilli PepperSo…what varieties of chillies are you growing this year? Please let us know by leaving a simple list of the varieties in the comments box below.

I’ll be taking the list and will report back with a summary in a few weeks.

I’ll also try to follow up later on in the summer to see which varieties did well, and which didn’t.

30 comments… add one
  • Martin September 30, 2013, 2:35 pm

    Chinese Multicolor
    Cayenne yellow
    Jalapeno Maylon
    Maui Purple
    Black Pearl

    • Martin September 30, 2013, 2:53 pm

      and Orange Peter Penis

  • Catherine February 1, 2011, 6:12 pm

    Hi, is it absolutely necessary to have a light box for chilli growing?

    • The Chilli King February 3, 2011, 8:56 am

      Catherine – No. Usually a south facing window, conservatory or greenhouse is sufficient. I’ve used light boxes in the past when I haven’t had enough natural light for the seedlings.

  • will October 18, 2010, 5:23 am

    1 bhut jolakia
    2 naga morich
    3 devils tongue hab
    4 peach hab
    5 orange hab
    6 chocolate hab
    7 taz red hab
    8 white hab
    9 trinidad scorpian
    10 trinidad congo
    11 trinidad 7-pot
    12 fatali
    13 carribian hab
    14 royal crown
    15 penis pepper
    16 scotch bonnet
    17 penis pepper
    18 fish pepper
    19 aussie black
    20 black pearl
    21 cayenne
    22 3 kinds of thai
    23 purple tiger
    23 naga jolakia
    24 serrano
    25 african bird
    26 hungarian yellow
    27 orange
    28 scarlet lantern
    29 mustard hab
    30 explosive ember
    31 costeno amarillo
    32 birds eye
    33 thai rainbow
    34 chilli balls
    35 jalapeno
    36 yellow hot wax
    37 paprika
    and also about 10 unnamed hybrid kinds looking forward to aquiring the new infinity chilli to add to my wide collection im just an at home grower from perth wa been growing for nearly 4 yrs now

    cheers will

  • Chilli Billy Haynes August 29, 2010, 1:04 pm

    First time grower, but I am overwhelmed by the success rate. I bought the seeds from various growers on ebay, not really knowing what I was doing, so I followed a few basic rules I picked up off of Chilli King site, and now here I am, surrounded by chilli plants all of which are fruiting. I am chuffed to bits.
    My list of chillies are:Habernero chocolate, Jalapeno, cayenne, big jim, fresno, anahiem, scotch bonnet, hungarian wax, bhut jolokia (naga) and a black bhut jolokia.
    I intend to make my own killer sauce, it’s going to be called Naga Saki. Get it!

  • Mark (HabJolokia) August 7, 2010, 2:19 am

    As posted above here is my update, you can see on the Chili King’s Flickr group page http://www.flickr.com/groups/thechilliking/

  • Ked July 13, 2010, 1:27 am

    I’ve got these in the greenhouse at the mo:

    Dorset Naga
    Orange habenero
    Hungarian Hot Wax
    Scotch Bonnet
    Numex Twilight
    Paper Lantern
    Explosive Blast
    Mystery Habenero (from some dried pods I bought)

    I’m up for swapping any of the above for a Trinidad Scorpion if anyone’s interested?

  • FurryBloke July 4, 2010, 5:24 pm

    Hi, Last year was my first attempt at growing chillies, Results were pretty good for a first timer that hates gardening, but I was hooked.

    This year I am growing Habanero, Hot Wax, Fuego, Joes Long, Jalapeno, Scotch Bonnet, Demon Red, Birds Eye, Cayenne, Finger & Tabasco.

    The 1st batch of seeds were planted far too early in the year and died, the 2nd lot however are all flourishing and now occupying the sunniest bit in the garden, much the the wifes annoyance (morale victory no1)!

    I have read various articles about what to feed them with, and after scouring the local and not so local garden centres have laid my hands on 3 comfrey plants which seems to be really helping.

    One thing that is troubling me though is several of them have developed small black spots on the leaves which I have no idea what it could be. If any experts would like to offer suggestions / solutions to a Capsicum newb, I would be very grateful!



  • Captain Capsicum June 8, 2010, 5:09 pm

    Workin’ on a Trinidad crossed with a Naga.Stick with me on this It,ll be hot and full of flavour.

  • Ben June 6, 2010, 1:36 pm

    Last year I grew far too many to list, but this year I wittled it down to about 8 types. I made a psot about which ones here. http://reweed.com/chillies/2010-chilli-pepper-grow-list/

  • Paul May 30, 2010, 10:20 am

    I’m working in Italy this year and have met a chilli expert who creates his own hybrids and grows and sells a huge range of chillis and plants commercially. I’v kind of cheated by buying established plants in small pots commercially and have put them all in larger pots on my balcony. The balcony only gets direct sun for half the day (mornings) but its only May and we already have reliable highs of 24C and 17C lows, so I’m hopeful of good results. This is my first real effort at growing chillis, but can see it becoming a bit of an obsession – I love chillis and hot food, so nothing like growing your own!

    I have:

    1 x Aji Amarillo
    2 x Chocolate Habanero
    2 x Naga Morich
    2 x Jalapeno
    2 x Poblano
    2 x Charapita
    2 x Yellow Rocoto
    1 x Rustico Versilia (Massimo’s own hybrid)

  • gazza May 29, 2010, 6:21 pm

    Hi, not sure what some of my chillies are called;
    A large red chillie 12ish cms long(looks just like the chilie king site,chille) 130ish plants
    A small red chillie 4ish cms long(given seeds by a friendly farmer)20ish plants
    An orange chillie,changes colour late, small 3-4 cms very fiery20ish plants
    pyramid chillie 12 plants
    superchillie12 plants
    Hot tepin 3 through waiting for 10 or so more
    Not as many as i thought,greenhouse bit overloaded,hard to count
    All growing well,no plant losses yet,very good germination.
    Started seeds off in heated greenhouse in march.

  • BertieB May 28, 2010, 1:30 pm

    Jalapeno, Cherry bomb, Purple beauty, Fresno and F1. growiing in south facing bedroom window. Been reading on here about putting chillis outside but really dont think that is such a good idea up here in cloudy sub 70F Scotland so planning to build a little poly tunnel to grow them in once they outgrow the window cill.

  • James May 28, 2010, 12:27 am

    1. Dorset Naga
    2. Twilight
    3. Orange Habanero
    4. Thai Hot
    5. Heatwave
    6. Nosegay
    7. Cayenne ‘hot’
    8. An unknown purple variety

  • Chris May 27, 2010, 7:49 pm

    I am growing hot cayenne peppers and have been amazed with my progress for my first time of trying.
    Would like to grow other varieties.

  • Gordzilla May 27, 2010, 2:04 pm

    Chiili Zeze- at this stage of growth they need lots of light so put them on a window sill on a south facing window if you have one. Also you may want to consider potting them on into 3-4 inch pots first. Water only when they get dry (about 1-2 days). Keep them warm and they should pick up. Remember-lots of light.

    Paul- yes 35 bhut jolokia’s, that was all I had at the time!

  • Mark May 27, 2010, 2:01 am

    Trying my hand at Ghost/Naga/Bhut Jolokia Chili pepper growing in Maryland, so far part indoor/outdoor have them in pots while at work incase of weather change, I leave them under a grow light but when I get home they are placed outside as the weather gets better will leave outside longer. I became intrested in peppers after I decided to make a Habanero sweet hot sauce with very good success and wanted to make it a bit hotter and found the Ghost Chili. Hopefully its a good yield for a first time grower though I have grown jalapeno’s a few long years ago. Will post again on how the season goes.

  • gazza May 26, 2010, 8:43 pm

    Hi,growing about 200-300 plants at mo,not sure what types,got to check green house.
    I like this idea so will report soon
    Gaz (learnerchiligrower)

  • Volcano Chilli May 26, 2010, 7:48 pm

    I am growing:
    Naga Morich
    Trinidad Scorpion
    Red 7 pot
    Yellow 7 pot
    Chocolate Habanero
    Chocolate Bhut Jalokia
    Espellette de Pimente
    Also Mexican Tomatillos and Papalo

    Has anyone else found the Chocolate chillies to be very poor starters? Talking to Tim Murphy from the Cambridge Chilli Farm and he thinks it could be because it is basically a mutation.

    I am going to put some of my plants outside in a couple of weeks to see how they compare for fruit and heat.

  • Chilli Zeze May 26, 2010, 7:29 pm

    Hi Guys, Im looking for some advice, and as much as we can get. We are new to growing chilli’s and up until last week we thought we were on a roll. I planted a whole propagator with 5 different sorts of chilli’s and prob planted too many in all honesty. Well for after 1 week they had germinated and broke free and by the 2nd week were about 2 cm’s tall with 2 leaves on each stem. Since then they have deteriated alot and we seem to be losing some everyday. Can you advise how long they should be in the propagator, and tips on what we should be doing etc . thanks zoe

  • Gordzilla May 26, 2010, 7:06 pm

    Paul- making your own sauce rocks! I made some last year with 35 Bhut jolokia’s, 1 lime, 1 carrot, 5 spring onions, some garlic and some white wine vinegar. Tastes fantastic for about 10-15 seconds. Then your face explodes and burns for about an hour! Bloody fabulous.

    • Paul May 27, 2010, 1:47 pm

      Sounds like a great recipe! 35 jolokia’s though – are you serious?!?! By the way – look up habernero hero on youtube – it shows this crazy Finnish guy eating a hot chilli (cant remember which one now) while playing guitar hero – an admirable, if completely insane idea!!

  • Lew Rodd May 26, 2010, 5:20 pm

    I live in North Cyprus, we cooked a Golden Bell Chilli about 4 weeks ago and I scraped out the seeds, I let them dry off for a few days and planted them in a small pot with some compost, about about 10 days later after watering them morning and evening (temp about 20c higher during the day) the compost started to erupt and virtually every seed had germinated, I have planted them out in tree large pots with a stick in the middle with 6 to each pot they are all about 4 inches tall now so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Nick Bocchi May 26, 2010, 1:53 pm

    Jalapeno (To smoke into chipotles)
    Tabasco (I want to try to make the sauce)
    Caribbean Red Habanero
    Red Savina
    Cayenne (To make powder, and also flakes)

  • Fredrico May 26, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Great site Senor King! Here is my list….

    Aji Yellow
    Hungarian Wax
    Bhut Jolokia

  • Stephen Pickering May 26, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I am growing the following;

    Orange Habanero
    Scotch Bonnet

  • Paul May 26, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I started off with six seeds of each of the following:

    Pinocchio’s nose (5 germinated, all surviving)
    Bhut Jolokia (4 germinated, 1 lost due to my cats knocking the pot over. I re-potted but the plant did not re-take)
    Numex Twilight (4 germinated, all surviving)
    Ring of Fire (5 germinated, all surviving)
    Trinidad Scorpion (3 germinated, all surviving)

    I moved them outside this week as my conservatory was getting too hot and the leaves kept shrivelling. They have all recovered though and seem to be thriving in these weird containers I found. They are basically long window boxes, with a removable insert on the bottom. This insert has a hole for a long plastic tube to be inserted. The idea is to put water into the tube which goes to the bottom of the box. Any excess water is safely kept in reservoirs until levels drop somewhat, at which point the excess is drawn up into the soil. They were £7 each and so far look to be a bit of a bargain.

    Has anyone tried Dave’s Gourmet Ghost Sauce? It nearly killed me at the weekend – I think I overdid it as I am used to adding quite a bit of sauce. I felt like my hair and ears were on fire for at least half an hour which although weird, was not unpleasant. I like his Insanity Sauce and am hoping to use my own chillies this year to make a batch of hot sauce. I’ve never done this before, so any tips most welcome!

  • Richard roberts May 26, 2010, 8:59 am

    Hot wax jalapeño red cherry golden bell

  • Gordzilla May 25, 2010, 8:33 pm

    1. Naga Morich
    2. Red Savina
    3. Orange habenero
    4. Chocolate habenero
    5. Fatalii
    6. Rocoto rojo
    7. Chiltepin
    8. African devil
    9. Jamaican hot pepper
    10. Scotch bonnet
    11. Thai bird
    12. Explosive ember
    13. Apache F1

    (I’ve been a bit busy as you can see!)

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